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Expressing a Sense of Doom.

This is a weird post. I don’t want to argue about anything. I just want to say what’s on my mind. I’m hoping that some parts of my subjective experience will be universalizing. If I could make something out of my current difficulties that could be useful for someone else then that would make it … Continue reading Expressing a Sense of Doom.

Recommending “It’s Not All In Your Head.”

I recently came across a podcast that approaches similar issues to those that I’m concerned about like the profit motive in mental health care, the encroaching influence of the psychopharmaceutical companies, the atomization of the individual, etc. I think it’s important to share it here, because I think it’s an important discussion to have. Note: … Continue reading Recommending “It’s Not All In Your Head.”

Some Ways Meditation Has Been Affective for Me.

In this piece, I’ll recount the experience I’ve had with practicing contemplation or meditation, or whatever you want to call it, and the way it effected my personal and professional lives. Update (29/05/2020): It’s worth noting that I don’t take meditation very seriously these days. At the minute, I’m questioning a lot of things. That … Continue reading Some Ways Meditation Has Been Affective for Me.

Against the Computer Model of the Mind: Can We Reduce All Properties to Quantities?

I. Strong and Weak Representationalism Despite Western thought’s persistence to the effect, there are nevertheless reasons to doubt the idea that the mind comes in contact with the world through the mediation of a representation. For that matter, there are also good reasons to doubt the idea that the mind is in some way separate … Continue reading Against the Computer Model of the Mind: Can We Reduce All Properties to Quantities?

Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 4 and 5; also, The Conclusion to This Series for The Moment.

This is going to be my last set of notes on Dreyfus’ lectures for two reasons. The first is that as I go, I’m becoming really vividly aware of how little of this I get, and the second is that I’m not convinced these pieces are going to be accessible enough to be worth putting … Continue reading Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 4 and 5; also, The Conclusion to This Series for The Moment.

Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 2 and 3; also, Schizophrenia and Addiction as Loss of Contact.

In this post I’m going to cover what I took away from Dreyfus’ second and third lectures on Heidegger’s Being and Time. It’s worth noting that a lot of the material he covers in these lectures is prompted by questions from the audience, and so it gets a little bit circuitous. The following notes are … Continue reading Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 2 and 3; also, Schizophrenia and Addiction as Loss of Contact.

Dreyfus on Heidegger No.1; also, Thoughts on Ecological Perception and Self-Image.

In my sort of quest to understand Heidegger, I’ve been looking for a suitable lecture series. The reason he’s such a live figure to me is that he figures substantially in Peterson’s lectures on personality, specifically in the borrowed notion that Human Being is an essentially purposive being: human being is oriented being for a … Continue reading Dreyfus on Heidegger No.1; also, Thoughts on Ecological Perception and Self-Image.

Why Heidegger Needs to Be Impossible to Understand, and Why it Might be Worth Calling Things The Wrong Name.

I. I’ve been spending the last few weeks working through Heidegger’s Being and Time. It’s fascinating, but also super difficult to understand. One of the reasons it’s so difficult to understand is that Heidegger insists on inventing specialist terminology. I really understand the motivation behind it, which is that language can often obfuscate the truth … Continue reading Why Heidegger Needs to Be Impossible to Understand, and Why it Might be Worth Calling Things The Wrong Name.

Beware the Optimization-Effiency Constraint! Also: A Hope for Freedom.

I. Here are some ideas to play with: that culture affects thought through language; that culture can be impressed and enforced in relation to some incentives; that culture is incentivized to impress certain modes of thinking, speaking and being in order to reinforce its own position. These are all sort of standard moves if we’re … Continue reading Beware the Optimization-Effiency Constraint! Also: A Hope for Freedom.

A Generalized Disclaimer: Why You Should or Shouldn’t Take Me Seriously.

Lately, I’ve been torturing myself with some questions about my own credibility. Who do I think I am, asking all these questions and writing all these answers as if I know? I suppose from my perspective, my experience backs up my effort and my conclusions. But as far as anyone else is concerned, I worry … Continue reading A Generalized Disclaimer: Why You Should or Shouldn’t Take Me Seriously.

Why We Actually Done Away With Witch-Doctors At All.

The other day I was in an introductory training session for my new job. We were going over the procedures for administering psychiatric meds. One of the questions we were asked was: ‘What’s the difference between a medicine and a drug?’ I thought this was quite an interesting discussion. I’m sure plenty has been written … Continue reading Why We Actually Done Away With Witch-Doctors At All.

‘Life’s a Bitch’: Is It?

There is a folk-philosophical position that I oppose with every fiber of my being. From my perspective, this position is guilty of complete ingratitude, utter small-mindedness, lack of imagination, absence of perspective, and furthermore it indicates a complete lack of personal technique. This position can be best summed up with the following phrase:“Life’s a Bitch, … Continue reading ‘Life’s a Bitch’: Is It?

A Little Essay on Love: Having vs. Being

Love is also important because of reasons that are non-biological. At least so far as we commonly understand biology to be like, squishy organ or neurological reasons involving things we don’t have control over, or impersonal processes like instinct. There is a dangerous instinct in educated people to reduce love to biological processes. I tended … Continue reading A Little Essay on Love: Having vs. Being

Resource List!

Just to let you all know, I’ve started compiling lectures/webites/books/etc that I find useful/beautiful/meaningful in a page just off to the side. I figured I’d make a post here to direct attention to it for anyone who uses an RSS feed, etc. I hope it’s useful for someone. Nos.

Writing Exercises for Self Inquiry.

In previous pieces, drawing on the work of John Vervake and Ian McGilchrist, I’ve discussed the importance of reciprocal processing and participatory experience in enabling insight, wisdom, and implicitly, eudaimonic well being. For the most part, those pieces were theory-oriented. Now let’s talk about applying the theory in practice. These practices are not my own … Continue reading Writing Exercises for Self Inquiry.

I For One Am a Pretty Big Fan of the Internet, Honestly. Or, How to Love Universally, Impersonally.

Also on Medium. I. The Obverse of Mook Manor. It’s really easy to get down about the state of collective discourse on the internet. It’s easy to think that the only consequence of our increased inter-connection is an increased capacity to be ass-holes to each other. That’s true. I’m pretty sure the internet has a … Continue reading I For One Am a Pretty Big Fan of the Internet, Honestly. Or, How to Love Universally, Impersonally.

Tango as Spiritual Practice: Bringing Together Heaven and Earth.

Also on Medium. In previous pieces ‘Statement of Purpose for The Modern Spiritual Seeker’ and ‘Critiquing the ‘All Incense’ Approach to Spirituality’, I started to build up an account of spirituality that requires practice, structure, and the willingness to radically discard structure in order to acquire wisdom. While this piece is intended to make sense … Continue reading Tango as Spiritual Practice: Bringing Together Heaven and Earth.

Athenaic

I. tawny brown skin,at no distance,a fluted neck, long enough to bear fruits from the head,bringing kind andobscure wisdom; lending grace,muse-like in obstinance,blank in perspective, but not pale white. II. bearing in mind at every juncturefist-shaped acorns: they brake the glass painof the portraits in the louvre. in the absence of a curtainto contain them,they … Continue reading Athenaic

Critiquing the ‘All Incense’ Approach to Spirituality: Where is the Law? Where is the Order?

In my last piece, A Statement of Purpose for The Modern Spiritual Seeker, I explored some neuropsychological concepts alongside some practical routes to experience of the religious; or at least some authentic experiences of the self. I promised a piece on ‘authentic writing’ and that is still definitely forthcoming. In the meantime, I’ve been getting … Continue reading Critiquing the ‘All Incense’ Approach to Spirituality: Where is the Law? Where is the Order?

Statement of Purpose for The Modern Spiritual Seeker: Where is the Spice? Where is the Zest?

Also on Medium. I. In his book The Master and his Emissary, Iain McGilchrist argues that Western society has been oscillating between periods where cognitive-behavioural tendencies associated with the activation of the intuitive-melancholic right hemisphere of the brain, and periods where society was ruled by the approach and methodology associated with the optimistic-rationalistic left hemisphere. … Continue reading Statement of Purpose for The Modern Spiritual Seeker: Where is the Spice? Where is the Zest?

Perverse Incentives for Perverts: Why I’m Not So Sure About Academia Anymore.

Let’s talk for a little bit about academia. Specifically, let’s talk about the academic apparatus surrounding Philosophy, and let’s talk about why it seems to have made the pursuit of Philosophy in an academic context into a complete waste of time at best, and at worst, a fantastic way to abuse yourself until you’re unable … Continue reading Perverse Incentives for Perverts: Why I’m Not So Sure About Academia Anymore.

The Lord Giveth, and the Lord Taketh Away: Why a Life Without Limits Probably Isn’t Alive.

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine — a doctor — and she commented that cancer is when part of you forgets to die. I think it’s weird that this post has begun with a comment on death: I feel like most of my pieces get around to death at some point. When I opened … Continue reading The Lord Giveth, and the Lord Taketh Away: Why a Life Without Limits Probably Isn’t Alive.

A Chat with Two Vices.

Two characters, Fear and Laziness, sit on the beach after dusk. They pass a two litre bottle of beer in green glass, one to the other. Fear: You know the worst thing of all? Laziness: What? What’s the worst thing of all? Fear: It’s my absolute certainty that I’m going to die alone. I don’t … Continue reading A Chat with Two Vices.

A Dialogue on Personhood and Suffering.

Scene: Solitus and Communus are sitting in a diner, eating bacon pancakes. The pancakes contain bacon. Solitus: At this moment, what is the truest thing you know? Communus: That’s a weird way to start a conversation. Solitus: Just answer me anyway.